VISIT BY SHIHAN AND STUDENTS

In April of 2003, we were once again honoured to receive a visit from our Shihan Osamu Hirano. He also brought along 10 of his students from 2 of his dojos in Japan, Wakayama Headquarters and the Wakayama Medical University.


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Our club organized a wonderful dinner at the Sapodilla Restaurant to welcome the group to Vancouver. Dinner started off with a welcome toast by Sensei George Chan, and followed with Shihan saying a few words on the practice of karate. Our fellow students from Japan enjoyed their North American meals of steak and fish - and were surprised by the generous portions! Everyone had a great time eating, drinking and getting to know each other.  


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Master Shihan Hirano held a special seminar focusing on several shitei katas and sparring techniques. Students learned a great deal that day! We partnered up with our fellow Japanese students and had the opportunity to practice with each other. Afterwards, Shihan conducted testing for 3 of our Black Belt students - who all passed.


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For many of the students from Japan, it was their first time in Vancouver and members of our dojo took them out to see the Vancouver sights. At the farewell dinner, many of us had formed great friendships with each other and were sad to say goodbye so soon.


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